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gangrene - decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually following injury); ADJ. gangrenous
scintilla - trace; minute amount; shred; least bit; Ex. There is not a scintilla of truth; CF. spark
coy - shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
intrude - put or force in without being asked; trespass; enter as an uninvited person; Ex. intrude one's own opinion into the report; CF. thrust in
hierarchy - arrangement by rank or standing; authoritarian body divided into ranks; body of persons having authority
civil - having to do with citizens; not military or religious; courteous and polite; Ex. married in a civil ceremony; Ex. civil strife/disorder/law; N. civility; CF. civic
amphibian - able to live both on land and in water; N.
irony - hidden sarcasm or satire; use of words that seem to mean the opposite of what they actually mean; use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning
anathema - solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse; V. anathematize
gainsay - deny